Sugar and Spice
This irreverent comic tale centers on a high school’s A-squad cheerleading squad who come to the aid of their financially struggling teammate. After becoming pregnant, the squad captain marries the quarterback and soon discovers that his job at the local Blockbuster isn’t going to pay the bills. The team decides that robbing a bank will solve the problem. Besides helping their pregnant pal, the others will be able to afford college, or help an incarcerated woman get a good lawyer, or buy a horse.
“Sugar and Spice” takes “girl power” to new extremes. It’s a comedy. It’s satire. It’s not to be taken seriously. I know all that. But, it still contains crudity, profanity, sexuality and some belittlement toward people of faith. And all that coming from high schoolers who find nothing wrong in stealing to solve personal problems. We are a generation bombarded by cynicism. Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, and the cast of Saturday Night Live wouldn’t have an act without the use of sarcasm and mockery. (Note to those who have never seen Danny Kaye. Not all humor comes from crudity and derision.) “S and S” jeers at good behavior and ridicules Christian beliefs. One girl nearly blasphemes as she discusses how “hot” Jesus looks in all those pictures of him on the cross. Don’t even get me started on the portrayal of the Christian teammate. She’s a real dim bulb who goes along with the robbery, believing that it’s more important to stand by your friends that your religious beliefs. And besides, with her share of the stolen loot, she can buy a horse. The main disappointment with this satire is that it’s not about anything. All we really learn is that crime can pay. And that not even girls are made of…well, I just can’t bring myself to say it.